MACDONALD CELEBRATES RETURN OF WALLACE LETTERS
Thursday, 30 August 2012 14:48
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald was on hand to join his MSP colleagues earlier this month at the opening of the new and exciting ‘Wallace Letters’ exhibition, developed in cohesion with the National Records of Scotland. This display explores the turbulent times in which William Wallace lived, and offers a special chance to see the only two documents with a personal link to him.
On display is the 'Lubeck Letter' issued by Wallace and Sir Andrew Murray after the Battle of Stirling Bridge, in which they ask for the German trading port of Lubeck to resume trade with Scotland. The exhibition also showcases a 700 year old letter in which King Philip IV of France asks his agents to assist Wallace in his business with the Pope.
Uncovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s, this letter still provokes debate among historians as to what Wallace’s business with the Pope might have been. This debate was hotly discussed during the Festival of Politics, held at the Scottish Parliament throughout August. The letters will remain on display in the Scottish Parliament lobby until 8th September.
Mr MacDonald commented: “I would also like to congratulate the Wallace Society on its successful campaign to have these momentous documents delivered to Scotland.
However, I was extremely disappointed by the absence of representatives from either the Tory, Labour or Lib Dem parties. I believe that these fascinating fragments of history can be celebrated and respected by all the people of Scotland regardless of political affiliation.”